Asian American Journalists Association Says Taiwan “Officially a Province of China” Taiwan News


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is drawing criticism for its style guide, which lists Taiwan as a “province of China” and ignores the presence of indigenous peoples on the island nation ever since. over 6,500 years.

Taiwanese journalist and AAJA member William Yang wrote on Thursday, November 25, Twitter that he “strongly disagrees” with his “so-called guide” to Taiwan. Yang stressed that his description of Taiwan would be “strongly contested by experts focusing on Taiwan”.

Under the tweet, Yang added that characterizing Taiwan as “officially a province of China” shows that AAJA is already taking sides on Taiwan’s political status. He noted that many countries such as the United States have never taken an official position on the status of Taiwan.

In his style guide, the AAJA appears to take the position of the Beijing-based communist regime, which claims that Taiwan is an autocratic state province. However, in fact, Taiwan has never been controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership in Beijing.

After AAJA’s statement on Taiwan’s status as a “province of China”, he writes that “this fact” is contested by the government of Taiwan. He observes that the description of Taiwan’s status is the source of persistent tensions in the relations between the two shores.

The style guide predicts that while an invasion by China is a possibility, it “recedes with time and American protection.” The authors describe the 2 million Chinese who fled with the Kuomintang (KMT) to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War as displacing “native Taiwanese”.

Rather than indigenous peoples, his definition of “native Taiwanese” appears to be Han Chinese immigrants from Fujian. It then lists the official languages ​​as “Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (min) and Hakka dialects”.

Completely absent from the AAJA entrance are over 500,000 Taiwanese members of 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes including Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Bunun, Puyuma, Rukai, Tsou, Saisiyat, Yami, Thao, Kavalan, Truku, Sakizaya , Sediq, Hla ‘alua and Kanakanavu. It also completely overlooks their rich variety of 26 known languages ​​which linguists refer to as the origin of the Austronesian languages, which are spoken by 386 million people.

As a final insult to the indigenous peoples of Taiwan, the entry claims that most “native Taiwanese Chinese” are descended from “migrants from Fujian, followed by” mainland Chinese “and” others. ” but researchers believe that figure could be higher if unrecognized groups such as the Ping Pu people are taken into account.

AAJA has yet to respond to a request for comment on the content of its style guide for Taiwan.



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